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Swim for kids, Blake


Hundreds of young


swimmers will swim their hearts out during the 7th Annual Blake’s Miracle Festival swim- a-thon and float-a- thon for sick children Sat., March 3 at SWIMkids USA, 2725 W. Guadalupe Rd., Mesa. They hope to raise $50,000. Attending the event


will be 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Matt Grevers and National Champion


Annie


Chandler, who both train in Tucson. The event is named for Blake Whitehead,


son of the founders of SWIMkids USA, who died before he was 2 from leukemia. Blake’s parents saw first hand the physical and emo- tional pain that terminal childhood diseases inflict on young ones. They started Blake’s Miracle Foundation to help provide pain man- agement including music, art and pet therapy for very ill children in the hospital. For more information, call 480-820-9109 or visit www.swimkidsaz.com.


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Fittest Essay deadline approaches Fri., Feb. 17 is the deadline for SanTan Sun area kids to enter Subway Restaurants of Arizona’s Subway ‘Freshest, Fittest’ Essay


Contest of the Year. The winner receives tickets to the 2012 Subway Fresh Fit 500 held Sat., March 4 at Phoenix International Raceway. Local youth ages 7 to 17 are eligible to enter by writing 200 to 500 words that tell Subway what their organization, troop or


program does to help them live healthier, happier lives. Each essay should describe how the child’s school, after-school program, sports team or youth organization helps teach them about eating habits, exercise and how to live a fresh, fit life. The essay must include the name of the child or teen, the name of his or her organization or school and contact information


for that program, the name of the program being nominated and confirmation that the child or teen is between 7 and 17 years old. A judging panel of Subway franchisees and partners reviews all entries and awards one grand prize package that includes


90 tickets to the race for children and parents as well as a Shamrock Farms and Subway-catered party in his or her classroom during the program meeting in advance of the event. Two second prizes will also be awarded. Winners will be notified by Wed., Feb. 22. All essays must be typewritten and received by 5 p.m. Fri., Feb. 17. Essays can be mailed to Subway, attn.: Alison Bailin, HMA


Public Relations, 3610 N. 44th St., Suite 110, Phoenix, AZ 85018, or faxed to 602-957-0131. Essays can also be emailed to abailin@hmapr.com. For more information about Subway, visit www.subway.com.


FOR BLAKE: 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Matt Grevers is slated to be at Blake’s Miracle swim event March 3. Submitted photo


Bear Creek offers spring break camps for youth Children ages 6 to 14 and entering grades K to 8 have until Wed., March 7 to


register for Junior Golf Camps offered by Bear Creek Golf Complex Junior Golf Academy over the Chandler Unified School District’s spring break. Camp sessions are limited in size, with a maximum child to instructor ratio of 8 to


1 and a maximum of 16 students per session. PGA staff will teach all camp sessions. Campers are grouped by age and skill level, with elementary school-age students begin-


ning their one-hour classes at 8:30 a.m. and junior high students beginning at 10 a.m. Parents are responsible for providing clubs for their children. Bear Creek profes-


sional staff members are available to assist in fitting children with age- and size- appropriate golf equipment. Campers will be introduced to the basic principles and fundamentals of golf,


including putting, chipping, pitching, bunker shots and full swings with irons and woods. In addition, safety, golf etiquette, sportsmanship and golf rules will be emphasized. Campers will have the opportunity to play a few holes on the course each week; qualified campers may purchase a pass for unlimited weekly golf on the Cub course. Camp tuition is $40 per week and covers instruction and range balls. Online or


in-person registration is available. Bear Creek is at 500 E. Riggs Rd. in Chandler. For more information, call 480-883-8200 or visit www.BearCreekAZ.com.


FORE: Chandler-area kids take a swing at Bear Creek Golf Complex.


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